Transdisciplinary Artist | Jacobs
Erika Blumenfeld is an independent transdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of art, science, nature and culture. Her research-based art practice is motivated by the wonder of natural phenomena and she often works in collaboration with scientists and research institutions, including NASA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the McDonald Observatory, and the South African National Antarctic Program. Blumenfeld is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and has exhibited widely in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is featured in multiple books and resides in many permanent collections including the Houston Museum of Fine Art.
Blumenfeld is artist-in-residence and Science-Principal Investigator on the Astromaterials 3D project at ARES where she is leading a team to create a 3D virtual astromaterials samples collection to bring high-resolution research-grade 3D models of NASA’s Apollo Lunar and Antarctic Meteorite collections to researchers and the public. Blumenfeld conceived the project in 2013, and she and the Astromaterials 3D team won a NASA ROSES PDART grant in 2016 to pursue the project. The project’s first public release of Apollo 11 lunar sample 10021,79 can be seen at the Astromaterials 3D project webpage.